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Very Best of Gerald Albright
     

The Very Best of Gerald Albright

by Gerald Albright
 
The liner notes for this can't-miss compilation, of a saxman who was putting the "smooth" into jazz long before radio called it that, promise some serious smackin'. These 11 tunes remind the serious rhythm and jazz fan that Albright's been doing that in powerful, soul-stirring ways since the late '80s. Albright was playing with

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The liner notes for this can't-miss compilation, of a saxman who was putting the "smooth" into jazz long before radio called it that, promise some serious smackin'. These 11 tunes remind the serious rhythm and jazz fan that Albright's been doing that in powerful, soul-stirring ways since the late '80s. Albright was playing with Anita Baker when he signed to Atlantic and launched his diverse career with Just Between Us in 1987. Sultry tunes like "Bermuda Nights" and "In the Mood" helped define new adult contemporary radio (the maiden name of "smooth jazz") in the early days, but Albright never just wanted to be one thing. Just as his pop-jazz star was in full swing circa 1991, he took an exciting detour and put out the very straight-ahead-oriented disc Live at Birdland West, which only increased his popularity and respect with critics. There are no misses on this greatest-hits package, but the two most exciting cuts come from this date: an intense, highly improvisational "Georgia on My Mind" and jamming "Boss of Nova," which features powerful interaction between Albright's alto and Joe Sample's percussive piano chords (as Harvey Mason keeps perfect bossa time on the skins). The other must-hear collaboration here is "G & Lee," featuring Lee Ritenour. The genre has become more competitive over the years with similar sounding saxmen, but Albright shows he's up to the challenge with the moody funk gem "When Morning Comes," the sole new track on the album. You could look at this as Atlantic just milking a great catalog, but be optimistic and say it's the perfect primer for those who are unfamiliar with one of the best saxmen in the business (and a welcome package for longtime fans too).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678346026
catalogNumber:
83460

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerald Albright   Primary Artist,Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,keyboard bass
Rodney Franklin   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Bobby Lyle   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Strings
Joe Sample   Piano
Onaje Allan Gumbs   Synthesizer,Piano
Phyllis Saint James   Background Vocals
Chuckii Booker   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards
Ray Brown   Flugelhorn
Bridgette Bryant   Vocals,Background Vocals
Melvin Davis   Bass
Tony Dumas   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Harvey Mason   Drums
Patrick Moten   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Derek Nakamoto   Synthesizer,Strings
Morris Pleasure   Keyboards
Land Richards   Drums
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Angel Rogers   Background Vocals
Donnell Spencer   Drums
David Delhomme   Keyboards
Mark Philpart   Background Vocals
Arish Rountree   Vocals
Selina Albright   Background Vocals
Michael White   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gerald Albright   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Chuckii Booker   Producer,drum programming
Patrick Moten   Arranger
Derek Nakamoto   Arranger
Donnell Spencer   Arranger
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Andrea Brooks   Art Direction

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